Tuesday, December 8, 2015


This week we are learning about poetry in reading and writing!

Check out this great video about the 4 types of poetry that we are learning about this week!

Here are the notes pages that we are using this week!

We are also learning about the Figurative Language that poets use.
Watch this video to review figurative language!

Here are the notes on figurative language that we are using in class!
Here are the strategies we are using when we read poems and answer questions about poetry.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Skype Visit with author, Kate Messner!

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit with an amazing author, Kate Messner!  She is an author of many children's and young adult books. We have been reading her books in class from the series Ranger in Time.  We read Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail and we are currently reading Ranger in Time: Danger in Ancient Rome. We were able to Skype with her, thanks to Mrs. Baldwin! She set up the whole Skpye session for us.  Ms. Messner told us all about her writing process and discussed how an author works with illustrators, editors, and publishers. The kids were able to ask her several questions as well.  She even read aloud the first chapter of her newest book, Ranger in Time: Long Road to Freedom, that won't even be released until December 29th!  We are so lucky!!  It was a great experience!  Ask your kids about it!

Take a look at her website to learn more about her and her books!

You can also check out the illustrator's blog too.  She wrote a post about creating the cover art for Kate Messner's new book!